John M. Vitek (he/him/his)
John M. Vitek, National Speaker
John M. Vitek has served as Chief Executive Officer of Lasallian Educational and Research Initiatives (LERI) for the past twenty-three years and served as Interim Director of Springtide Research Institute®, a nonpartisan sociological research center that generates vital insights into the lived experiences of young people (ages 13 to 25) at the intersection of their human and spiritual life. John is the author and general editor of numerous books and articles and coauthor of Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics (Saint Mary’s Press, 2018). He has served in church and educational leadership for forty-one years as a parish youth minister and director of religious education, a diocesan director, and diocesan chancellor, in addition to his adjunct work as a professor of religion and director of two graduate programs at Saint Mary’s University. Outside of his professional duties, John can be found outdoors pursuing his passion of an active lifestyle—cycling, hiking, adventuring in the backcountry, or sitting quietly absorbing the sounds of nature.
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